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Bonanzaville featuring exhibit honoring Independence Day

Visitors at Bonanzaville on the 4th of July 2012 took photos with Betsy Ross and were given American Flags while touring the village. The 2013 celebration has all day events, programming, and entertainment. Submitted photo

In honor of Independence Day, and as a part of the 4th of July Celebration at Bonanzaville, the museum will open an exhibit of firearms in the rotating gallery, entitled "Up in Arms: The Role of Guns in America," showcasing the extensive collection preserved at the Cass County Historical Society.

From flintlock pistols to Civil War cannons and Tommy guns, this exhibit examines the role that guns have played in America and how our history as a nation has been shaped by their use. The collection ranges from a Civil War cannon to a Pepperbox Derringer, and even a shotgun that was used in local murders in the 1930's. The exhibit will open on July 4th and remain open through mid-November.

The Bonanzaville 4th of July Celebration from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. will feature all day events and entertainment, a barbecue picnic, horse drawn wagon rides, train rides, historic cricket games, a pet adoption event, and inflatable games by Games Galore. To finish off the celebration, the city of West Fargo is providing a fireworks show for the community at dusk, shooting off near Bonanzaville.

Admission to the event is the same as regular admission rates at $10/adults, $8/seniors, and $5/children. Children 6 and under are free. Military and veterans are free with an ID.

Bonanzaville is operated by the Cass County Historical Society, with a mission to collect, display and interpret artifacts relevant to the history and cultural heritage of the Red River Valley. It is the region's largest historical attraction with 43 buildings, and more than 400,000 artifacts.